RECENT NEWS


Actors’ Equity Announcement, August 2019

I’m super excited to announce that as of August 14, I am officially a member of Actors’ Equity. Thanks to a quick gig earlier this month with Connecticut Free Shakespeare, I was able to get the final two points needed in order to join. I’m eager to experience the audition circuit anew and kick off this fall season as an AEA member.


Brontosaurus Haircut Productions’ Convention, June 2019

Convention is back! A year and a half ago, we did a one night only performance of Danny Rocco’s brilliant, innovative play at Atlantic Theater Company. Now we are doing a month-long run at the beautiful Irondale Theater in June.

The play, directed by Shannon Fillion, puts the audience in the middle of the 1944 Democratic National Convention. The epic script is composed like an orchestral score - 27 actors playing perfectly timed-out scenes across five different playing spaces. I’m excited to return to the character of Robert W. Kenny, Attorney General of California for this one-of-a-kind, completely immersive experience.

Brontosaurus Haircut Productions
presents the World Premiere of

Convention
Written by Danny Rocco
Directed by Shannon Fillion

June 7-29, 2019
Irondale Theater
Brooklyn, NY
Tickets available here.


Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda's Refuge, April - May 2019

I’m thrilled to be joining forces yet again with Blessed Unrest for the World Premiere production of Refuge, this time with their close collaborators Teatri Oda from Kosovo.

NYC-based Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri Oda for their third original piece since 2005. The virtually unknown story of Albanians risking everything to protect thousands of Jewish World War II refugees is both a reminder of the best of human nature and a call to action. Despite Nazi occupation, not one Jew was taken to a concentration camp from Albania, and it was the only country in Europe with more Jews at the end of the war than at the beginning. Refuge shines light on this little-known history with the current backdrop of the refugee crisis in Europe and our own nation’s attempts to close our doors to refugees and migrants.


An Original Co-Production by Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda

REFUGE
Written by Matt Opatrny, Florent Mehmeti, & the Ensemble
Directed by Jessica Burr & Florent Mehmeti

April 25 - May 11, 2019
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue, NYC
Tickets available here.


Connecticut Free Shakespeare's The Tempest, July 2018

Eager to return to my Connecticut Free Shakespeare family for a quick two-week gig putting up The Tempest at the University of Bridgeport. Details below.


Connecticut Free Shakespeare 
presents

The Tempest

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Ellen Lieberman

July 19 - 22, 2018
University of Bridgeport
Free tickets! All info available here.


Between Two Boroughs' Cannibal Galaxy: a love story, June 2018

Between Two Boroughs
presents the World Premiere of

Cannibal Galaxy: a love story

A new play by Charise Greene
Directed by Jenn Haltman

June 8 - 17, 2018
New Ohio Theatre
Tickets available here.

My company, Between Two Boroughs, is producing the World Premiere of Cannibal Galaxy: a love story. Charise started writing this piece in response to the Sandy Hook shooting, and what resulted is a moving, poignant play about coping with ongoing violence in our country. We've been working on it with her for two years, and I'm so excited to finally dive into rehearsal. We have a beyond stellar cast and creative team and 11 PERFORMANCES ONLY in June at the New Ohio. Get your tickets today! 


Blessed Unrest's PLATONOV, February - March 2018

I'm delighted to return to my Blessed Unrest family for a brand new translation and adaptation of Chekhov's Platonov. With an ensemble of six and teaming up again with director Jessica Burr, I will be playing the roles of Sofya and Osip. Details below!

Maria Baranova Photography

Maria Baranova Photography

Blessed Unrest presents

PLATONOV
or a Play with No Name


Translated and adapted by Laura Wickens
from the play by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Jessica Burr

February 17 - March 11, 2018
New Ohio Theatre
Tickets available here.


Gruff! The Musical Cast Album, November 2017

The cast album for Gruff! The Musical  is now available! Give a listen below. Gruff! is an interactive, family-friendly reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change. I was lucky enough to be a part of it last spring. My character Mavis, an elderly goat, is featured the most in tracks (2) Nothing Could Stop Us and (6) Trip Trop Trio, but the whole album is a treat. I absolutely loved recording this, and I hope you enjoy these delightful tunes as much as I do.

Averie Cole Photography


Cannibal Galaxy: a love story Fundraiser, November 2017

Jeff Schneider Photography

Jeff Schneider Photography

Jenn Haltman and I are beyond thrilled to be in pre-production for our next project with Between Two BoroughsCannibal Galaxy: a love story by Charise Greene. An Ensemble Studio Theatre Sloan finalist, Cannibal Galaxy: a love story was developed by Fault Line Theatre at Xavier University, where the world premiere was produced in September of 2017 (to rave reviews!) prior to our planned New York premiere in 2018.

We believe that art is a powerful tool for change, and given our country’s current climate of violence, we are eager to bring people together and reflect upon what has become a national epidemic. The recent tragedy in Las Vegas only further underscores our need to produce this play. With each violent act that occurs on our soil, we are reminded how terrifyingly important it is to tell this story right now.

In order to do this play justice and share it with a New York audience, we are fundraising via Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization through which we are now fiscally sponsored. This means we can receive tax-deductible donations! Please view our fundraising video, and consider making a contribution today!


Westport Country Playhouse's Romeo & Juliet, November 2017

I'm making my Westport Country Playhouse debut in the ensemble of Romeo & Juliet directed by Mark Lamos. Details can be found here.


Brontosaurus Haircut's Convention, September 2017

On September 25th, I had the honor of performing in Danny Rocco's new play, Convention, directed by Shannon Fillion. It was a one night only performance at the Linda Gross Theater presented through the Evening Conservatory at Atlantic Theater Company. It was produced there back in July, and they were given the opportunity to remount it, now with an Act II. The play is about the 1944 Democratic National Convention, includes a company of 40 actors, and is a surround-sound experience with scenes happening all throughout the space. At the same time. I played Robert W. Kenny, Attorney General of California. The house was packed, the performance was such a thrill, and I truly hope there's a future for this brilliant, innovative play.


Sharon Playhouse's The Music Man, August 2017

I'm eager to spend my summer up in Sharon, CT to perform in The Music Man at Sharon Playhouse. I'll be playing Alma Hix, a traveling saleswoman, and more. Directed by Morgan Green, the story of a conman who warms his way into the heart of  small town America has never been more relevant. Celebrate the 60th anniversary of this classic show by joining us in August. Here's the press release.

The Music Man



Sharon Playhouse
presents

The Music Man
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Meredith Wilson
Directed by Morgan Green

August 4 - 20, 2017

Sharon Playhouse
49 Amenia Road
Sharon, CT 06069

Buy tickets here.


Unquowa Rep's Big River, June 2017

After Gruff! the Musical came to a close, I dove right into rehearsals for Big River. This is Unquowa Repertory's inaugural production, starring the winner of "The Voice" Season 1, Javier Colon. I'll be wearing multiple hats playing Miss Watson, Ben Rogers, and Joanna Wilkes. We threw this whole thing together in two weeks, and the cast is absolutely stellar. If you've been craving some bluegrass, country, or gospel music,  you gotta hear these musicians. Check out the press release here

 

Unquowa Rep
presents

BIG RIVER:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Directed by Kirby and Bev Ward

June 15 - 17, 2017
Thursday & Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm

Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT 06824

Buy tickets here.


Doppelskope's Gruff! The Musical, April - May, 2017

I'm so psyched to be a part of Doppelskope's NYC premiere of Gruff!, an interactive, family-friendly reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change. It's packed with puppetry, physical comedy, magical laser effects, and catchy songs. So if you've ever wanted to see me play an elderly goat or puppeteer a troll in a musical about environmental sustainability, the time is now. Check us out at the PIT on Sundays in April and May. Full details below!

Eric Michael Pearson Photography

Doppelskope
presents

Gruff! The Musical
Concept and Text by Ora Fruchter and Chris Scheer
Music by Toby Singer
Directed by Ora Fruchter

Sunday, April 9 @ 5pm
Sundays, April 16-30, May 7-28 @ 2pm

The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
123 East 24th Street, NYC

See Facebook event for full details. Buy tickets here.
Running time is 60 minutes, no intermission.
Recommended for ages 4 and up. Adults will love it, too!


TDF Performeteria with Blessed Unrest, March 2017

I'm very excited to be performing with Blessed Unrest at TDF's first PERFORMETERIA, an immersive festival featuring unique, site-specific works from the most innovative Off-Off Broadway theatre and dance companies in New York City. Blessed Unrest is sharing a sneak peek of a new adaptation of The Snow Queen. Pick an entry time, grab a building map, and see as many 10-minute performances from 10 different companies as you'd like. March 20th and 24th only. $9 tickets. Details below!

Theatre Development Fund
presents

PERFORMETERIA
TDF's first-ever immersive festival with performances from the most innovative
Off-Off Broadway theatre and dance companies in NYC

Featuring a selection from Blessed Unrest's new adaptation of The Snow Queen
Adapted by Matt Opatrny, Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Burr

Monday, March 20th and Friday, March 24th
Four staggered entry times per night: 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm

Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue @ 25th Street, NYC

See Facebook event for full details. Buy tickets here.


Let's See Hamilton!  Web Series, February 2017

I made my web series debut! Let's See Hamilton!, created by Liz Wasser, just dropped its third episode. The story follows two friends on a Sisyphean journey to procure tickets to Hamilton. Watch below, and stay tuned for part two!


Blessed Unrest's A Christmas Carol was a hit!, December 2016

A humanizing warmth flickers through this stripped-down, six-actor ‘A Christmas Carol.’
— The New York Times
A Christmas Carol keeps the spirit of Dickens alive while bringing us all a reason to be grateful that this production is now playing over in the West Village.
— BroadwayWorld

Maria Baranova Photography

Happy New Year! As we ring in 2017, here's a quick wrap-up on A Christmas Carol. The reviews were raves, and audiences loved this unique take on the classic tale of Scrooge. Check out the scoop on BroadwayWorld or Blogcritics or TheaterScene to name a few. Plus, TimeOut listed us in their Top 20 most promising Off-Off Broadway shows. Visit my Press page for some shout-outs for yours truly, and here's a teaser video. I will miss this show and this cast and crew terribly. Onto the next one!

A bright, family-friendly entertainment that’s also an essential Christmastime reminder that the spirit of compassion and fellowship that survived the grimmest era of the Industrial Revolution can also survive any coming times of darkness.
— Blogcritics.org

My First MailChimp Newsletter, December 2016

I sent out my first official newsletter last week. Check it out, and subscribe here to be included in the future. 


Blessed Unrest’s A Christmas Carol, December 2016

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, friends! I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be making my Blessed Unrest debut in A Christmas Carol next month at The New Ohio Theatre. I also was recently accepted into their "Train Gang." The company trains together on a monthly basis to strengthen the ensemble and experiment with methods of creating new material.

The details for Carol are below. Six actors play 37 characters in this dark retelling of the Dickens classic (a few of mine include Fred, Fan, a Spirit, a Scavenger, and none other than Tiny Tim). Come join us at the New Ohio, and get in the holiday spirit! 

A Christmas Carol

 

Blessed Unrest
presents

A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Matt Opatrny from the story by Charles Dickens
Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Burr

December 21-31, 2016

The New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher Street, #1E, NYC

See Facebook event for full details. Buy tickets here.
Running time is 95 minutes, no intermission.


What Dreams May Co.'s King Lear, December 2016

What Dreams May Co. & Queens Shakespeare
present

King Lear
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Emily C. A. Snyder

December 8-17, 2016
(Thurs-Sat @ 7pm, Sat @ 2pm)

John DeSotelle Studios
300 W 43rd St, 3rd Floor, NYC

See Facebook event for full details. Buy tickets here.
Enter the code GONERIL when you buy tickets online or mention it when you buy at the door,
and I'll receive a portion of the revenue. Thanks in advance!


Connecticut Free Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, August 2016

I'll be getting a bit of a break from city life this August as I'll be out in Stratford, CT rehearsing for Connecticut Free Shakespeare's production of The Taming of the Shrew.  The director, Ellen Lieberman, actually gave me one of my first professional jobs nine years ago (a national tour of Cyrano de Bergerac with National Theatre for Arts & Education). And now she's helping me reach another milestone -- officially becoming EMC. I'm eager to get those first few points by being a part of this ensemble and understudying Kate. If you find yourself in Stratford this summer, come picnic and catch some free Shakespeare!

Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents

The Taming of the Shrew
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ellen Lieberman

August 17-21, 2016
(Wed-Sun @ 8pm)

The American Shakespeare Theater
1850 Elm Street, Stratford, CT

Tickets are free! Picnics and chairs are welcome.
More details can be found here.


The Night Owl Players's U.S. Drag, January 2016

From January 14th through the 23rd, I will be performing in U.S. Drag, a play by Gina Gionfriddo. In the Ensemble track, I'm rounding out the eight-person cast and playing six different roles. You can find all of the details below:

The Night Owl Players present
U.S. Drag
by Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Jill Pettigrew

January 14-23, 2016 (Tues-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 6pm)
Access Theater
380 Broadway (btwn White and Walker St)

$15 tickets are available for purchase here.


5 Senses Theatre's Three Sisters, November 2015

Next week I will be playing Natasha in a production of Three Sisters written by Anton Chekhov and adapted by Daniel Craig Adams and Jon Nutter. Below are all of the details.

5 Senses Theatre presents
Three Sisters
by Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Daniel Craig Adams and Jon Nutter
Directed by Daniel Craig Adams

November 19-21st, 2015 (Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sat @ 3pm)
The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
104 W 14th St (btwn 6th and 7th Ave)

Get your $10 tickets here. $15 at the door.
Facebook event here.


HOWL Writer's Block Festival, September 2015

I was excited to be a part of a reading of "Roe Vs. Wade" by Sarah Schulman and directed by Niegel Smith for the HOWL Writer's Block Festival in the East Village. Big thanks to Casting Director Jenn Haltman, who worked her magic to bring 22 actors (!) together to read the piece.


The Commuters, August 2015

This weekend I'm participating in "Across a Crowded Room," a presentation of nine twenty-minute musicals written this summer in the musical theatre writing workshop hosted by The Library for the Performing Arts. The piece is called "The Commuters, Or, A Cautionary Tale About the Port Authority," and I'm playing the role of Carol, a creepy statue that comes to life in...you guessed it -- Port Authority. I'm eager to support the work of Gil Varod, Caleb Damschroder, and Kit Goldstein Grant.


Summertime Conclusion, May 2015

Summertime was a beautiful dream, and I'm so proud of what we shared at the Gowanus Loft this month. It was such a pleasure to work with this brilliant cast and creative team, not to mention the joy of getting to do a stumble-through for Chuck Mee himself. If that's not a career highlight, I don't know what is. For reviews and more info on the run of Summertime, visit Between Two Boroughs Productions here. For production photos, click here.


Summertime Fundraiser, March 2015

Poster Design: Maria Alcira Gonzalez; Poster Photo Credit: Chill Mimi via Flickr Creative Commons License

 After a wonderfully successful run of Theresa Rebeck's The Understudy  last spring, I am thrilled to announce my next project. Under our new company name, Between Two Boroughs Productions, Director Jenn and Haltman and I will be presenting Summertime by Charles L. Mee at Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn, NY from May 7-17.

I've been a fan of Chuck's since I first saw his work back in college. This past November, Jenn and I had the opportunity to have brunch with him, and my brain practically exploded. He's been so supportive of our plans, and it was actually thanks to his suggestion that we found the beautiful Gowanus Loft.

Like last year, in order to raise the needed funds, we have launched an Indiegogo campaign. I encourage you to check it out! 


Brontosaurus Haircut’s Orchestra Presentation, December 2014

I was honored to be a part of the launch party for Brontosaurus Haircut Productions, LLC, established by director Shannon Fillion and playwright Danny Mitarotondo, where we presented scenes from Orchestra. Alumni of the Columbia University graduate program, Shannon and Danny have developed The Score Technique™, a new approach to contemporary playwrighting, which "uses the fundamental principles of sheet music composition to capture the nuance of an actor's voice and unite the entire creative team of a play...in critically timing an imagined world." In order to achieve this, Danny interviews and records an actor and then writes a character with that actor's voice in mind. In other words, the character speaks with the same cadence, syntax, etc. I was excited to be the first non-Columbia student involved with this project, and having a role specifically written not just for me, but for my voice, was thrilling. I look forward to what's to come, both with Orchestra and Brontosaurus Haircut Productions!


The Understudy  Conclusion, June 2014

It may have been a brief run of six performances, but The Understudy at The Secret Theatre was a huge success. Click here to see a review. For production photos, click here.


The Understudy, May 2014

In three short weeks, The Understudy  will go up at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens! The play runs from May 28 through June 1. I am playing Roxanne and also serving as Lead Producer on the project. Buy your tickets here!

And in the meantime, you can check out the video we shot to thank our generous donors for making our Indiegogo campaign so successful.


The Understudy  Campaign, March 2014

I am so excited to announce that I am producing and appearing in a production of The Understudy, a play by Theresa Rebeck. The show goes up at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens from May 28 through June 1. The fundraising campaign launched today! Check out the Indiegogo page here, and enjoy the teaser video posted below.


Becca on Broadway Blog, January 2014

Want to read my reviews, tips, and thoughts on New York theatre? Be sure to venture over to my blog at Becca on Broadway.



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